73,000 in 12-39 age group have made appointments as S’pore expands Covid-19 vaccination programme, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Round 73,000 individuals aged 12 to 39 have booked their vaccination appointments as at midday on Friday (June 11), the primary day during which Singapore has prolonged its vaccination programme to this age group.

The Ministry of Well being (MOH), in an replace to The Straits Occasions, mentioned that the determine accounts for nearly three-quarters of the 100,000 individuals within the age group who’ve acquired their SMS invites to e book appointments for vaccination.

“More SMS invitations will be sent out progressively as more vaccination slots are made available for booking,” it mentioned.

Well being Minister Ong Ye Kung mentioned at a multi-ministry activity power press convention on Thursday that because the 12-39 age group is a big certainly one of 1.5 million individuals, the Singapore residents amongst them can have a two-week precedence window to e book their appointments.

He additionally steered that those that go for the Moderna vaccine usually tend to get an earlier slot, in contrast with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, as youthful college students aged 12 to fifteen are solely in a position to take the Pfizer vaccine.

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Checks by ST discovered that the earliest vaccination slot for the Moderna vaccine is on Saturday, whereas the subsequent accessible slot for the Pfizer vaccine is on June 21.

Mr Ong had additionally mentioned that as at Wednesday, 4.4 million doses had been administered, with greater than 2.5 million individuals receiving no less than one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This interprets to round 44 per cent of the inhabitants who’ve acquired the primary jab.

Almost three-quarters of seniors above the age of 60 have acquired no less than one dose of the vaccine or have booked an appointment for vaccination, mentioned Mr Ong.

For the 45-48 age group, that is at 74 per cent, and 65 per cent for these aged 40 to 44, who began getting vaccinated on Could 19.

For college students, about 85 per cent of them have both acquired their first dose or booked their appointment, he added.

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MOH on Thursday mentioned that these within the eligible age group of 12 to 39 can register on-line.

After registration, individuals shall be progressively invited to e book their vaccination appointments by way of an SMS with a personalised reserving hyperlink despatched to the cellular quantity they’ve registered with, mentioned MOH.

Kids or wards beneath the age of 18 would require the consent of their father or mother or guardian to e book an appointment, it added.

“However, we seek your patience and understanding that the SMS may take up to two weeks for some, as more appointment slots for vaccination will be made available as more supplies arrive,” mentioned MOH.

Those that had registered their curiosity earlier on vaccine.gov.sg won’t have to re-register. The invitation to register shall be ultimately prolonged to the remainder of the inhabitants over the approaching months, mentioned the ministry.